‘Serious concerns’ see councillors reject unpopular off licence plan

International Food & Drink, 13 Boston Road, Kirton.
International Food & Drink, 13 Boston Road, Kirton.

The application for a fourth off-licence in Kirton has been refused after the borough council was swamped with objections from residents.

The decision was taken to refuse a licence to sell alcohol at International Food and Drink at 13 Boston Road, following issues about public safety. Concerns were also expressed over applicant Nurettin Atilgan’s ability to uphold the licensing objectives.

About 25 members of the public attended the licensing hearing at Boston Borough Council yesterday (Tuesday).

Many pointed to the village having suffered problems with booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour in the past.

Resident Brian Wilkinson spoke to say he had suffered ‘abuse’ when he asked people parking over his drive to move. “I’ve just had enough,” he said.

Objector John Rylatt added he felt conflict would arise from residents ‘taking the matter in their own hands’.

The premises is situated near a blind corner on a busy road with double yellow lines.

Kirton Parish Council vice chairman Ian Turner said the increased parking there could lead to a ‘fatal situation’ and pointed to the nearby primary school and the possibility of emergency vehicles having their paths blocked.

“The granting of the licence will have a negative impact on the village,” he said.

Using an interpreter and legal representative, Mr Atilgan said staff would refuse to serve anyone parking in such a way and would put up posters to warn off underage drinkers.

County licensing Sgt Jon Mellor asked the applicant if he could tell him the four licensing objectives, but Mr Atilgan’s answer was unclear.

Delivering the verdict, Coun Helen Staples said granting the licence would ‘compound existing parking issues’, adding: “We have serious concerns regarding his [the applicant’s] ability to understand the licensing act and his capability of delivering its objectives.”